The British Council Montenegro, University College London (UCL) and Heritage Without Borders are organising the Cultural Heritage Exchange programme for museum professionals from South East Europe.
The programme is designed for mid-career museum professionals with a minimum of three years work experience who are looking to become leaders in their sector, develop new partnerships with their local communities and broaden the audience of their institutions.
Ana Ivanovic, curator of the National Museum of Montenegro was chosen as one of the participants. This exchange programme was aimed at museum professionals from South East Europe to support them to reinvent the image of their institutions, learn to attract new audiences and transform their museums into much more exciting and open spaces with strong international links.
To me, community engagement means building long-term relationships with community groups which would eventually make their lives better.
Ana Ivanović, Curator at National Museum of Montenegro, Cetinje
The programme started in April 2014 with seven selected participants from six countries of the Western Balkans who completed their short placement at UK Museums. The programme was made possible with the aid of a grant from the Headley Trust and is supported by the British Council and University College London (UCL).
The programme explored the broader role that museums can play in contemporary society, through establishing and defining identity, addressing pressing contemporary issues and engaging with young people and communities. After attending the programme participants are committed to undertaking activities that would help to develop community engagement skills and disseminate knowledge to colleagues in the sector.
After the successful end of the project, we have created an infographic that summarizes the project through the timeline, information about the participants, their thoughts about the project, as well as the further plans for their communities and institutions. Participants and joined the museum professionals from other countries in the exchange programme.